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US warns of new sanctions as key Ukraine talks loom

The United States on Tuesday threatened Russia with new sanctions ahead of high-stakes talks on the Ukraine crisis, as it backed Kiev's right to confront separatist uprisings in its volatile east. The US and the European Union are preparing for their first four-way talks with Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, although hopes are not high for any breakthrough at the Geneva meeting, amid a slew of failures in past weeks. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that with Ukraine threatened with a split between its Russian-speaking east and EU-leaning west, it is hoped the talks could de-escalate tensions. Priorities included trying to get Russia to demobilize pro-Kremlin militias, who have seized control of government buildings in 10 cities in Ukraine's southeast, although Moscow has denied any links to them.

Kidnapped Libyan guard at US embassy escaped captors

A Libyan security guard at the US embassy in Tripoli escaped her captors after being kidnapped and is in hospital recovering from injuries, the embassy said Tuesday. She was able to escape," embassy spokesman Joe Mellott told AFP.

Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage

On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute today to the bravery and courage of survivors and first responders. “In my career I’ve been part of or witnessed...

Democrat Alex Sink bows out of Florida congressional race

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Florida Democrat Alex Sink said on Tuesday she would not run in November for the congressional seat she failed to win last month in a close special election that garnered national attention. Sink, the state's former chief financial officer, confirmed her decision on Twitter and in a statement quoted by media outlets. "While I am not running for office in 2014, I will keep an open dialogue with all of you and continue to seek new ways to serve," she said on Twitter. Sink lost the special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District by less than 2 percent of the vote to David Jolly, a former Republican lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Jolly once worked for the Representative C.W. Bill Young, whose death forced the special election in March.

Spain judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo case

Madrid (AFP) - A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former US president George W. Bush.

Russia in new ballistic missile test: Pentagon

Russia carried out a new test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as tensions over Ukraine escalated, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. Russia informed US authorities of the test prior to the launch on Monday, in keeping with an existing weapons treaty, Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren said. "The launch was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. "The United States and Russia both routinely test their ICBMs and SLBMS."

Detroit police, fire retirees reach pension deal: court mediators

Detroit reached its first deal with a retired workers group on Tuesday over pension and healthcare benefits and was close to a deal with its two pension funds, giving a major boost to the city's plan to exit bankruptcy in October. Momentum for the city's plan to adjust its $18 billion debt burden was building after Detroit last week won court approval for a crucial settlement over interest rate swaps and reached an agreement with bond insurance companies over the treatment of voter-approved general obligation bonds. Under the deal with the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association announced by U.S. Bankruptcy Court mediators on Tuesday, pensions for retired police and fire workers would not be decreased, but cost-of-living increases would be cut in half. The deal, which is contingent on more than $800 million in contributions for retirees from foundations, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the state of Michigan, marks the first between the bankrupt city and one of its retired worker groups.

Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) — A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

DANE, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

Court upholds EPA emission standards

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Broad Public Approval for Feds on Boston Bombing Investigation

Two-thirds of Americans approve of the federal government’s handling of its investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing and nearly six in 10 hold a favorable view more generally of the government’s efforts to try to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States. Those results in...

Conservatives Rand Paul, Ted Cruz test U.S. presidential waters in New Hampshire

(This April 12 story was corrected to change name of organizing group in the third paragraph to Americans for Prosperity Foundation from Americans for Prosperity) By Gabriel Debenedetti MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Conservative Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz tested the 2016 presidential waters at an event on Saturday in the influential state of New Hampshire at which potential opponents from the more moderate wing of the party did not appear. ...

First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

Womb Service

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors.

Congress Must Protect the Press

The press isn’t free if it has fear of prosecution for leaks. It’s time to give reporters the same type of privilege attorneys and doctors have.

You Pay Higher Taxes Than Boeing

Feeling the sting of Tax Day today? Prepare to feel even worse—with a look at the 26 U.S. corporations who pay no federal corporate income tax at all.